"I’m going to miss him for sure. He’s been my best friend, he took care of me when I came into the league, helped me get a car and get a place to live. He really took care of me and showed me the ropes. He’s been a great leader. It’s been a lot of fun, a good run, we’ve won, and there have been a lot of laughs. It’s funny, but over the last few years he’s been working out more than he ever did to keep up. He’s always been in great shape and always driving. When I said I was tired, he would be picking me up. He’s had a great career and it’s a sad day for the Red Wings. But I’ve been fortunate to have played with him."
The boys at the Chili Peppers concert!
Oh Helmer, what are you wearing?
"Retiring today allows me to walk away from the game with pride, rather than have the game walk away from me."
"I would like to congratulate Nicklas on an amazing career as he retires today. He is one of the best defensemen to ever play the game and I am proud that I was fortunate enough to be part of his 20 NHL seasons."